Emberizidae – Buntings, New World Sparrows & Allies

Song Sparrow in white flowers by Daves BirdingPix

Song Sparrow in white flowers by Daves BirdingPix

Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:31 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Emberizidae – Buntings, New World Sparrows & Allies


Latest I.O.C. Version
Species (182)

Crested Bunting (Emberiza lathami)
Slaty Bunting (Emberiza siemsseni)
Corn Bunting (Emberiza calandra)
Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella)
Pine Bunting (Emberiza leucocephalos)
Rock Bunting (Emberiza cia)
Godlewski’s Bunting (Emberiza godlewskii)
Meadow Bunting (Emberiza cioides)
White-capped Bunting (Emberiza stewarti)
Jankowski’s Bunting (Emberiza jankowskii)
Grey-necked Bunting (Emberiza buchanani)
Cinereous Bunting (Emberiza cineracea)
Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana)
Cretzschmar’s Bunting (Emberiza caesia)
Cirl Bunting (Emberiza cirlus)
Striolated Bunting (Emberiza striolata)
House Bunting (Emberiza sahari)
Lark-like Bunting (Emberiza impetuani)
Cinnamon-breasted Bunting (Emberiza tahapisi)
Gosling’s Bunting (Emberiza goslingi)
Socotra Bunting (Emberiza socotrana)
Cape Bunting (Emberiza capensis)
Vincent’s Bunting (Emberiza vincenti)
Tristram’s Bunting (Emberiza tristrami)
Chestnut-eared Bunting (Emberiza fucata)
Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla)
Yellow-browed Bunting (Emberiza chrysophrys)
Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica)
Yellow-throated Bunting (Emberiza elegans)
Yellow-breasted Bunting (Emberiza aureola)
Somali Bunting (Emberiza poliopleura)
Golden-breasted Bunting (Emberiza flaviventris)
Brown-rumped Bunting (Emberiza affinis)
Cabanis’s Bunting (Emberiza cabanisi)
Chestnut Bunting (Emberiza rutila)
Tibetan Bunting (Emberiza koslowi)
Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)
Red-headed Bunting (Emberiza bruniceps)
Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata)
Black-faced Bunting (Emberiza spodocephala)
Grey Bunting (Emberiza variabilis)
Pallas’s Reed Bunting (Emberiza pallasi)
Japanese Reed Bunting (Emberiza yessoensis)
Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys)
Red Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)
Sooty Fox Sparrow (Passerella unalaschcensis)
Slate-colored Fox Sparrow (Passerella schistacea)
Thick-billed Fox Sparrow (Passerella megarhyncha)
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)
Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis)
Harris’s Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula)
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)
Volcano Junco (Junco vulcani)
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
Guadalupe Junco (Junco insularis)
Yellow-eyed Junco (Junco phaeonotus)
Baird’s Junco (Junco bairdi)
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)
Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus)
Nelson’s Sparrow (Ammodramus nelsoni)
Saltmarsh Sparrow (Ammodramus caudacutus)
LeConte’s Sparrow (Ammodramus leconteii)
Baird’s Sparrow (Ammodramus bairdii)
Henslow’s Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii)
Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)
Grassland Sparrow (Ammodramus humeralis)
Yellow-browed Sparrow (Ammodramus aurifrons)
Sierra Madre Sparrow (Xenospiza baileyi)
American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea)
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
Worthen’s Sparrow (Spizella wortheni)
Black-chinned Sparrow (Spizella atrogularis)
Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)
Brewer’s Sparrow (Spizella breweri)
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)
Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)
Five-striped Sparrow (Amphispiza quinquestriata)
Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata)
Sagebrush Sparrow (Artemisiospiza nevadensis)
Bell’s Sparrow (Artemisiospiza belli)
Tumbes Sparrow (Rhynchospiza stolzmanni)
Stripe-capped Sparrow (Rhynchospiza strigiceps)
Stripe-headed Sparrow (Peucaea ruficauda)
Black-chested Sparrow (Peucaea humeralis)
Bridled Sparrow (Peucaea mystacalis)
Cinnamon-tailed Sparrow (Peucaea sumichrasti)
Rufous-winged Sparrow (Peucaea carpalis)
Cassin’s Sparrow (Peucaea cassinii)
Bachman’s Sparrow (Peucaea aestivalis)
Botteri’s Sparrow (Peucaea botterii)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps)
Rusty Sparrow (Aimophila rufescens)
Oaxaca Sparrow (Aimophila notosticta)
Zapata Sparrow (Torreornis inexpectata)
Striped Sparrow (Oriturus superciliosus)
Blue Finch (Porphyrospiza caerulescens)
Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus)
Collared Towhee (Pipilo ocai)
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)
Bermuda Towhee (Pipilo naufragus)
White-throated Towhee (Melozone albicollis)
Canyon Towhee (Melozone fusca)
California Towhee (Melozone crissalis)
Abert’s Towhee (Melozone aberti)
Rusty-crowned Ground Sparrow (Melozone kieneri)
Prevost’s Ground Sparrow (Melozone biarcuata)
Cabanis’s Ground Sparrow (Melozone cabanisi)
White-eared Ground Sparrow (Melozone leucotis)
Olive Sparrow (Arremonops rufivirgatus)
Tocuyo Sparrow (Arremonops tocuyensis)
Green-backed Sparrow (Arremonops chloronotus)
Black-striped Sparrow (Arremonops conirostris)
Pectoral Sparrow (Arremon taciturnus)
Half-collared Sparrow (Arremon semitorquatus)
Sao Francisco Sparrow (Arremon franciscanus)
Saffron-billed Sparrow (Arremon flavirostris)
Orange-billed Sparrow (Arremon aurantiirostris)
Golden-winged Sparrow (Arremon schlegeli)
Black-capped Sparrow (Arremon abeillei)
Chestnut-capped Brushfinch (Arremon brunneinucha)
Green-striped Brushfinch (Arremon virenticeps)
Black-headed Brushfinch (Arremon atricapillus)
Costa Rican Brushfinch (Arremon costaricensis)
White-browed Brushfinch (Arremon torquatus)
Sierra Nevada Brushfinch (Arremon basilicus)
Perija Brushfinch (Arremon perijanus)
Grey-browed Brushfinch (Arremon assimilis)
Caracas Brushfinch (Arremon phaeopleurus)
Paria Brushfinch (Arremon phygas)
Sooty-faced Finch (Arremon crassirostris)
Olive Finch (Arremon castaneiceps)
Large-footed Finch (Pezopetes capitalis)
Rufous-capped Brushfinch (Atlapetes pileatus)
Moustached Brushfinch (Atlapetes albofrenatus)
Merida Brushfinch (Atlapetes meridae)
Ochre-breasted Brushfinch (Atlapetes semirufus)
Tepui Brushfinch (Atlapetes personatus)
White-naped Brushfinch (Atlapetes albinucha)
Santa Marta Brushfinch (Atlapetes melanocephalus)
Pale-naped Brushfinch (Atlapetes pallidinucha)
Yellow-headed Brushfinch (Atlapetes flaviceps)
Dusky-headed Brushfinch (Atlapetes fuscoolivaceus)
Choco Brushfinch (Atlapetes crassus)
Tricolored Brushfinch (Atlapetes tricolor)
White-rimmed Brushfinch (Atlapetes leucopis)
Yellow-breasted Brushfinch (Atlapetes latinuchus)
Black-fronted Brushfinch (Atlapetes nigrifrons)
Antioquia Brushfinch (Atlapetes blancae)
Rufous-eared Brushfinch (Atlapetes rufigenis)
Apurimac Brushfinch (Atlapetes forbesi)
Black-spectacled Brushfinch (Atlapetes melanopsis)
Slaty Brushfinch (Atlapetes schistaceus)
White-winged Brushfinch (Atlapetes leucopterus)
White-headed Brushfinch (Atlapetes albiceps)
Pale-headed Brushfinch (Atlapetes pallidiceps)
Bay-crowned Brushfinch (Atlapetes seebohmi)
Rusty-bellied Brushfinch (Atlapetes nationi)
Cuzco Brushfinch (Atlapetes canigenis)
Vilcabamba Brushfinch (Atlapetes terborghi)
Grey-eared Brushfinch (Atlapetes melanolaemus)
Bolivian Brushfinch (Atlapetes rufinucha)
Fulvous-headed Brushfinch (Atlapetes fulviceps)
Yellow-striped Brushfinch (Atlapetes citrinellus)
Yellow-thighed Finch (Pselliophorus tibialis)
Yellow-green Finch (Pselliophorus luteoviridis)
Yellow Cardinal (Gubernatrix cristata)
Common Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus flavopectus)
Tacarcuna Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus tacarcunae)
Pirre Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus inornatus)
Dusky Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus semifuscus)
Sooty-capped Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus pileatus)
Yellow-whiskered Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus parvirostris)
Yellow-throated Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus flavigularis)
Yellow-green Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus flavovirens)
Ashy-throated Bush Tanager (Chlorospingus canigularis)


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Keith Blomerley – Videographer
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery
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SSlayton – Fotobirder at Smugmug

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Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis) by Keith Blomerley – A bird on a post_ singing

Black-striped Sparrow (Arremonops conirostris) by Keith Blomerley – A bird in undergrowth


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Emberizidae is a large family of passerine birds, which are typically known as buntings in the Old World and sparrows in the New World. They are seed-eating birds with a distinctively finch-like bill.

Emberizids are small birds, typically around 15 cm in length, with finch-like bills and nine primary feathers. The family ranges in size from the Sporophila seedeaters, the smaller species of which are about 10 cm and weigh 9–10 grams, to the Abert’s Towhee, at 24 cm (9.5 in), and the shorter-tailed, but chunkier Canyon Towhee, at 54 grams (1.9 oz). They live in a variety of habitats, including woodland, brush, marsh, and grassland. The Old World species tend to have brown, streaked, plumage, although some New World species can be very brightly coloured. Many species have distinctive head patterns. (Wikipedia)

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